Thursday afternoon, October 2, collector and Museum donor Babette Wampold gave a charming talk about the twenty-seven American paintings now on view that she and her late husband Charles acquired together. While Babette joked about his purchasing a few paintings once while she was out of town, she remarked on how singular the collecting vision was that they shared – auspiciously so since the Wampolds lived with each work that is featured in An American Collection: Gifts to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from Babette and Charles Wampold.
Before the gallery talk, the Collectors Society toasted Babette and Charles’ generosity at a champagne tea. Babette is pictured celebrating with Director Mark Johnson. Once in the exhibition, Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld invited Babette to reflect on her adventures in collecting. From the pastoral scene pictured beside them to the vivid Sacrifice of Isaac just behind, the Wampolds’ collection is comprised of a rich array of moving landscapes and figurative works. You won’t want to miss seeing the paintings hung together for the first time in almost a decade. Mrs. Wampold seemed to thoroughly enjoy being reunited with all of her old friends.
In addition to the Wampolds, the Museum is also grateful to Winifred and Charles A. Stakely for their individual support of An American Collection and to Renasant Bank for their co-sponsorship of the exhibition.
Assistant Curator of Education